As some of you know I have been training for my first 1/2 Marathon over the past couple of months. This run is a Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma research!
The run has been huge motivation for me to get back into shape and I feel so blessed to be part of such an incredible
cause (with incredible people)! My inspiration for this run is my cousin Dallas who was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma 2 years ago this month. Dallas is a fit young man with a lovely lady and two beautiful children. We were all taken by surprise when he was diagnosed the day after his sister Quinn was married. Our family has been supporting Dallas from afar as he has undergone his treatments in Ontario. It was quite the battle for Dallas and it continues to be. We are happy to say that at this time he is in remission and we hope and pray everyday that he stays this way!
On my first 15km run approximately 2 weeks ago (longest run of my life so far!) I had lot’s of time to think… As my body began to ache in different areas (some were previous injuries, some were new aches and pains) I thought of all that I am grateful for…and I have so many things to be grateful for…
I was fighting the pavement to finish my 15 km but I know many people are out there right now fighting for their lives… people that range from infants – children – teenagers – young adults – adults – seniors… Leukemia and Lymphoma does not distinguish itself between young and old. I’m sure those of you that are reading this know of at least one person that has been affected by this life threatening cancer. And this is why I run… this is why I get out of bed early in the morning to train, sometimes running back to back within 12 hrs just to get my training in for the week. I am a RN and work 12 hr. shifts so I need to be creative with fitting my training in.
Back to why I am grateful… I am grateful for my legs, that I physically have the ability to run, that my legs are strong and are getting stronger; I am grateful that my cousin Dallas is in remission and that his children are healthy; I am grateful that our children are healthy, that my husband is healthy; my parents and in-law’s are healthy; that I have a great dog to run with; I am grateful for my friend Mirjana that is running with me for this cause; I am grateful for my job; I am grateful for my husbands support, how he encourages me to run, how he watches the kids when I am running and cheers me on with my fundraising efforts (also grateful for his healthy cooking and fABULOUS meals that I come home to often after a long run); I am grateful for a roof over my head, sunshine, healthy food, my brother, his girlfriend (his girlfriends son); I am thankful for a loving God that cares for us; I am thankful for new runners, water and sharkies; I am thankful for newborn babies and excited expectant parents; I am thankful for flowers, trees and nature. I could go on and on…
What are you thankful for?
If you would like to donate to the “Cause” please click on this link! Thanking you in advance… Sarah xoxo
FYI Any donations over $20 generates a tax receipt!